PLNU Fellows & Scholars

Scholarly work is the heart of the mission of the Wesleyan Center, and to that end a handful of faculty members are selected each year to participate in the Wesleyan Center Scholar and Fellow program. Awards are granted based on a research project's potential to:

  • Make significant advancements in the scholarship of a given field
  • Advance Wesleyan thinking and perspectives by addressing the works of the Wesleys, engaging constructively with recognized Wesleyan theological themes, or exemplifying the Wesleyan spirit through careful exploration of interdisciplinary topics that engage traditional Christian categories and motifs
  • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of all necessary methods and research techniques required for successful completion
  • Reach publication or presentation standing in the appropriate venue(s) within a reasonable time period
  • Achieve a degree of scholarly value among peer colleagues


Applications for the 2014-2015 Wesleyan Center Fellows and Scholars awards are no longer being accepted. For more information about the Wesleyan Center Fellows and Scholars application process for the future, please see the 2014-2015 Fellows & Scholars Application page


2014-2015 Award Recipients

Congratulations to our new 2014-2015 Wesleyan Center Scholars & Fellows!

Below you will find a list of our recipients and a description of their research. 

Carol Blessing

 Dr. Carol Blessing’s work is entitled, “A Wesleyan Trilogy: Wesleyan History and Literature: Two Essays and a Website.” Her research serves to further her studies on two English women in early Methodism, Mary Fletcher and Mary Tooth – in regard to the controversy over their ministry that is recorded in letters between Mary Fletcher, Mary Tooth, and Henry Moore, who served as Mary Fletcher’s biographer. Dr. Blessing is a professor of literature at Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn more about Dr. Blessing and her work here

 Award Recipient 



Rob Gailey

 Dr. Rob Gailey’s work is entitled, “A Wesleyan Theology of Compassion.” His research seeks to model the dialogue between practitioner and theologian that we hope to elicit from the global resopnders in regards to various parts of the world engaging in a Wesleyan theology of compassion. Dr. Gailey is a professor of business at Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn more about Dr. Gailey and his work here

 Award Recipient 



Ariane Jansma

  Dr. Ariane Jansma’s work is entitled, “Analysis of the Interaction Between Viral Proteins and PDZ Domains.” Research in the Jansma lab focuses on utilizing Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in conjunction with in vitro assays in order to investigate the interactions between proteins within viruses and PDZ proteins within the human host. Dr. Jansma is an assistant professor of chemistry at Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn more about Dr. Jansma and her work here

 Award Recipient 


Maria Lam

 Dr. Maria Lam's work is entitled, "Better Moral Ecology in a Digitized Global Market Economy Through Empathetic Practices." Her research project seeks to advocate a Wesleyan voice concerning the practice of empathy and moral ecology in a digitized global market economy, and to develop a body of knowledge and a skill-set to be used by Christian educators and students in their life-long learning of empathy in their working environments. Dr. Lam is a professor of marketing at Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn more about Dr. Lam and her work here

 Award Recipient 


Lindsey Lupo

 Dr. Lindsey Lupo's work is entitled, "Rethinking Apathy: The Impacts of Deliberative Democracy Facilitation on America's Youth." Her  research project seeks to understand the ways in which engagement in and facilitation of deliberative democracy forums impact  youth civic attitudes in America. Dr. Lupo is a professor of political science at Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn more about Dr. Lupo and her work here

 Award Recipient 


Kara Lyons-Pardue

 Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue’s work is entitled, “A Later Ending Reclaims Mark’s Faithful Women.” Her research looks at what the author of the so-called “Longer Ending” of the Gospel of Mark (16:9-20) brings in the conclusion to the Gospel, which highlights themes and narrative trajectories that are already at work in the undisputed text (Mark 1;1-16:8). She argues, that by redeeming the faithfulness of Mary Magdalene and extending, for a time, the unfaithfulness of the Eleven male disciples (16:11, 13-14), the second-century author plays with audience expectations and highlights the call for all followers to go and tell, just as Mary did. Dr. Lyons-Pardue is an assistant professor of New Testament at Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn more about Dr. Lyons-Pardue and her work here

 Award Recipient 


Bettina Tate Pedersen

 Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen’s work is entitled, “Why Feminism Still Matters.” Her research seeks create a book that will combine personal narrative and scholarly research to articulate the redemptive possibility the convergence of feminism and Christian faith offers. Dr. Pedersen is a professor of literature at Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn more about Dr. Pedersen and her work here

 Award Recipient 


Past Award Recipients

2009-2010 2003-20041997-1998